LAFAYETTE (KRON)—A police department in the East Bay is looking for a new home.
It is getting the boot from a space it has leased for the past 25 years
The owner of the Desco Plaza says he will not renew the lease for the Lafayette Police Department because there is no room for all the police cruisers.
It isn’t easy sharing a building with neighbors.
In Lafayette, Desco Plaza owner Curt Blomstrand is telling the police department it must leave once the lease is up.
The department has been at this location for a quarter-century.
“And so the landlord has made a decision to ask the police to leave because they’re impacting tenants in the building, said city manager Steven Falk.
The police will have to find a new home.
In a council meeting this week, Blomstrand cited a growing force and too many police cars crammed into his property.
Each tenant gets ten parking spaces.
The police department has taken forty.
Building tenants we spoke with declined to comment on camera, but say they believe it’s not just police taking up space.
BART commuters are stealing spots too.
Others were shocked to hear that Lafayette doesn’t have a designated municipal building for its police force.
The city manager says because Lafayette is a fairly new city, officials tried to cut costs and keep tax payers from footing the bill.